Lotherton reopening frequently asked questions

What is open?

The below areas are open or due to open shortly and admission charges are now in place.

  • Grounds and gardens – fully open
  • Café – open on a takeaway only basis with limited menu
  • Wildlife World – open 10am-5pm
  • Toilets – open 9am-5pm
  • Playgrounds – open 10am-5pm
  • Hall – open 10am-4pm

Last admission is 45 minutes before closure.

The estate is open to visitors travelling by car and on foot. We want to continue to encourage people to take the opportunity to exercise outdoors by using their local park or green space.

If visiting the estate please continue to follow guidance around social distancing.

Please be aware that the gates to the grounds are locked at 8pm.

Tickets and booking

Tickets can be purchased online now and we encourage pre-booking as numbers will be limited each day.

Tickets are available to pre-book until 8am on the day of your visit in order to manage capacity.

The following do not need to pre-book:

  • Lotherton Members
  • MAX card holders
  • Yorkshire’s Great Houses Castles & Gardens Family Pass
  • Leeds Art Fund
  • Friends of Leeds Museums & Galleries

Are the playgrounds open?

Yes, the playgrounds are open.

We will be cleaning the equipment regularly and limiting numbers to ensure that the play areas are used safely, in line with national guidance.

Our playgrounds and equipment will not be supervised and we are requesting that all visitors are courteous and responsible. There will be guidance around the playgrounds for everyone’s protection.

  • Please regularly sanitize your hands
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Please do not eat or drink near or in the playgrounds

Can I walk my dog?

Yes. Please ensure dogs are kept on a lead in designated areas and that you continue to follow guidance around social distancing if you choose to visit the park. Please take your dog waste home as we do not currently have the capacity to regularly empty public bins on the estate.

What measures are in place for the toilets?

We request that visitors follow the below guidance to protect everyone:

  • Do not enter if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) or a cough, fever and/or shortness of breath
  • Please wash or sanitize your hands on entry and exit
  • Maintain social distancing
  • If it is busy, please wait outside and form a queue

We encourage everyone to bring their own hand sanitizer when visiting Lotherton.

What measures are in place for the café?

The below measures and guidance is in place for the protection of visitors and staff:

  • The café is open on a takeaway only basis
  • We have a one way route and social distancing guidance in place
  • We have installed a perspex screen to minimise contact
  • We prefer contactless payments but will accept cash
  • We are not currently accepting reusable cups to ensure the safety of our café staff
  • There are benches and plenty of grassy areas for seating around the grounds

What measures are in place at Wildlife World?

Wildlife World is now open. Opening times: 10am-5pm, last admission 45 minutes before closing. Please follow the on site guidance which includes the below:

  • Maintain social distancing
  • Guidance arrows for visitor route
  • Shortcut to exit (through Wildlife World shop)
  • From 24 July it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops. The exit to Wildlife World is through the shop, please be prepared with a face covering before visiting.

What measures are in place at the Hall (museum)?

The Hall is open for ground floor visits only.

Opening times

  • 10am-4pm
  • 12-1pm closed for cleaning
  • Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Rooms open

  • Drawing Room
  • The Great Hall
  • Boudoir
  • Medal Room
  • Library
  • Dining Room


  • We advise 20 minutes per visit
  • We will ask for the first name and contact number of one person in your party to support track & trace
  • We request that you wear a face covering inside to protect everyone
  • One small group of up to six people at a time
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Leave large bags or rucksacks in the car
  • Pushchairs must be left on the porch

Our team will be on hand to help and we have produced a visitor route map which you can view before you visit: Lotherton visitor map (PDF, 1MB)

When can I see the Making Japan exhibition?

The upstairs of the Hall is currently closed. The Making Japan exhibition is available to view online.

What is happening to the events programme?

All events are currently postponed until further notice until we are able to put systems in place to ensure the welfare of our staff, members and visitors.

What will happen to my annual membership?

All current memberships will be adjusted to reflect the period of closure to ensure that everyone can get the full use of their annual membership.

We will be reactivating the membership period from 29 June 2020 we will be contacting all members regarding their extension period shortly.

If you are a member and not on our mailing list, please email [email protected]

How are you protecting staff?

We are maintaining social distancing and limiting the number of staff in an area at any one time.

Information regarding Leeds Museums & Galleries

For more information about how Leeds Museums & Galleries is responding to COVID-19, please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page.

This page was updated: 27 July 2020